The round villages of the Wendland

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There is a distinct feature that the places Jabel, Gühlitz, Köhlen or Lübeln have in common: The round settlement form, which is almost unique worldwide! But why were they built like that? At present, historians are still trying to find out. The so-called "Rundlingsdörfer" are the hallmarks of the region and can be observed with a full body rotation only. Even without 3D glasses. Especially the easternmost tip of Lower Saxony entails many of these beautifully restored and well-preserved half-timbered houses. A visit is especially worthwhile in autumn and winter, when the trees have lost their leaves and cleared the view to the artistic buildings. In order to get to these extraordinary villages, simply follow our eight recommendations of the most beautiful ones.

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    Bussau

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    Idyllically located on the edge of a meadow valley is a small village called Bussau. A narrow path leads into the Rundling. Here are 7 old steep gable houses very close to each other and radiate tranquility and Wendish peace. Who stands in the middle of the village square, has the best view of the pretty half-timbered buildings.

    A little tip: At the four-stand house with the number 8, it is worthwhile to take a closer look. The tree in the garden is rooted in the house - a rare and curious sight.

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    Jabel

    Hiking Highlight

    Off the main thoroughfares lies Jabel. The small village offers a very pretty semi-circular ensemble with 7 renovated half-timbered facades, which is a listed building. You can imagine how Fuchs and Hase say goodnight in this idyllic gem.

    Tip: Tasty homemade cakes and quiches are available at Café Jabel. If you like hearty, order delicious Galloway goulash (cafejabel.de).

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    Lübeln

    Hiking Highlight

    Lübeln is the tourist flagship of the Wendland. A total of 12 farms surround the car-free village square and house small cafes and the first German potato hotel, where - as the name suggests - everything revolves around the edible tuber (kartoffel-hotel.de). The question "Why are the villages around?" The open-air museum Wendlandhof goes to the bottom. It also shows the life of our ancestors about 200 years ago. A look into the old village smithy and the workshop of the carpenter, where museum craftsmen work, is worthwhile. They are happy when they look over their shoulders (rundlingsmuseum.de).

    Little downer: In the season, the place is a bit crowded. However, those who are out of rush hour times, Lübeln finds almost deserted - especially on autumn and winter days.

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    Satemin

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    Satemin is the largest Wendländische Rundling with originally 12 farms. Its particularly inviting village square and the four-storey houses lying in the semicircle make the place rightly a popular destination. Anyone who reads through the gable inscriptions on the houses will find that they all complain of a devastating fire. According to tradition, on August 15, 1850, grease dripped into a fire pit, a house burned down. The wind also drove the flames into the other buildings. Except for the church and the spray house everything was in ruins. But a short time later everything was rebuilt as it is today.

    Tip: worth a visit is the slightly outlying stone church from the 13th century.

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    Schreyahn

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    Schreyahn is one of the most famous places in Wendland because of its many cultural activities. The village center consists of 10 well-preserved half-timbered four-storey houses dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Since 1979 houses a house the "Künstlerhof Schreyahn". Here, fellows create their literary or musical works in seclusion. This is why various events are regularly held each year, including the Cultural Landpartie and the Lüchow-Dannenberger Buchfrühling.

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    Breese im Bruche

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    Breese in the Bruche hides off the main roads. West of the village square are Wendländische hall houses, which represent all three basic types: a two-post house from 1708, a three-post house from 1750 and a four-post house from 1823. Previously there was also a large estate, of which unfortunately only the Gutskapelle from the 16th century left is. But it is a very special gem in the Renaissance style. As an image of the castle chapel in Celle are built inside beautiful ceiling paintings to see.

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    Jameln

    Hiking Highlight

    In the center of Jameln is a very well preserved Rundling, around whose village square a small ring road leads. A two-tiered house draws particular attention to itself - the "100 Taler House" from the year 1681. The builder held in the protest bar the construction costs for his building.

    Tip: If you want to see one of the half-timbered houses from the inside and at the same time look for a good restaurant, you should stop in "The old house". No matter if it's antipasti, salad buffet or meat dish, every hungry guest will be satisfied here (jameln.de).

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    Jeetzel

    Hiking Highlight

    Jeetzel is a pretty Rundlingsdorf with an elongated elliptical shape. The four-storey houses in the village center are mainly from the 19th century and form a unique ensemble due to their rather unusual orientation. Noteworthy is the small chapel of the place, whose history goes back to the early Middle Ages. Its originally freestanding tower was built from heavy hand-sawn oak boards. The still existing bell dates from the 15th century. Predicate: worthwhile!

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